(cytology) A mature bone cell involved with the maintenance of bone.
Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of bone; bonelike
mature bone cell
An organic matrix of protein and polysaccharides, secreted by osteoblasts, that becomes bone after mineralization
An osteocyte, an oblate shaped type of bone cell with dendritic processes, is the most commonly found cell in mature bone tissue, and can live as long as the organism itself. The adult human body has about 42 billion of them.
Resembling bone; bonelike.
In histology, osteoid is the unmineralized, organic portion of the bone matrix that forms prior to the maturation of bone tissue. Osteoblasts begin the process of forming bone tissue by secreting the osteoid as several specific proteins.